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Timpson's Leylines [Hardcover]

John Timpson
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23 Mar 2000
Fascinated by a chance discovery of an ancient stone marker outside a church, John Timpson set off to hunt leylines - ancient routes said to be the energy lines of the earth. He discovers a holy well, green men carved on fonts and burial mounds, though he doesn't see any UFOs.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; 1st ed edition (23 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304354023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304354023
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 19.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 868,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Timpson is a much-loved personality with a legion of fans up and down the country. A stalwart of Radio 4's Today programme, for years his distinctive voice seduced millions of listeners. His books, TIMPSON'S ENGLAND, TIMPSON'S BOOK OF CURIOUS DAYS, and TIMPSON'S TRAVELS IN EAST ANGLIA have established him as a master historian of the bizarre in human behaviour.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for the curious - and the sceptic! 1 Sep 2000
Whether or not you believe in this subject, Timpson will start you thinking, exploring OS maps - and looking around you with new eyes. How did the earliest leymen mark out the first tracks? Where were they? Were they straight long before the Romans decided to metallise them? What are the connections between sacred sites, churches, hillocks, etc that they align so precisely? He follows up a number of these all over the UK in a no-nonsense manner with clear concise directions. It was particularly fascinating to me to read chapter 2 on the possibility of Suffolk moated farms being part of this, as I had just done a survey of Norfolk moats to find the uncanny 'coincidence' that they appeared to be in alignment and virtually evenly spaced. Timpson is not by any means the only writer on leylines, but his book makes a valuable contribution to the subject that deserves a great deal more research. Beautifully illustrated: an intriguing book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ley lines - an author's indulgence? 9 Aug 2012
The title bodes well, but I found this book to be a curiously disappointing mixture of selective historical facts and a somewhat gratuitous self-aggrandisement.

I take no particular view on the existence or nature of ley lines, but my sense is that any book that addresses them ought at least to explore the arguments for and against with an inherent integrity.

Instead, Timpson sets off on an unrelentingly tongue-in-cheek travelogue - albeit at times engaging - consisting mainly of visits to medieval churches and sundry other sites of antiquity, sited around the UK. He boldly sets his own subjective parameters - a broad pencil when it suits him and an attendant and unashamed deviation from Alfred Watkins' original lines - especially to avoid town centres. It may seem to be innocent fun to subtitle his introductory section on Watkins' seminal work on straight tracks as 'What's it all about Alfie?', but such a cheap epithet simply sets the tone for the rather supercilious tone that permeates the remainder of the book.

By the time I reached the middle page I was finding the crashingly unsubtle mechanism of quoting a particular (often salacious) nugget of local history only to follow it with some 'clever' disparaging comment which supposedly passes as modernist wit to be rather tiresome.

There are some excellent photos, but the lack of even the most rudimentary maps will send anyone who is seriously interested in following-up this subject scurrying for more objective and less indulgent works.

All in all, I cannot see that this book will satisfy either the ley line enthusiast or the sceptic. Perhaps however the author gained something from writing it? I do hope so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Spiritual Experience? 28 May 2012
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The book was 'pre-used' but in excellent condition. The content was very interesting but, unfortunately, did not convince me in the existence of 'leylines'. For all that, it's an interesting read. Delivery was within the stated period and the packaging was excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A metaphysical study which is hard to neatly categorize 15 May 2003
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John Timpson became fascinated with a stone which was supposed to be a leyline marker, and his fascination led to his study of ley lines which blends everything from beliefs in prehistoric ancient meetings to 'new age' beliefs that they are landing sites for UFOs. Timpson's Leylines is a metaphysical study which is hard to neatly categorize: there are many theories and there's much folklore about the origins of leylines: the author's exploration of history, myths and folklore results in a lively coverage indeed.
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